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plastic key to cancer therapy herald sunPATIENTS with inoperable tumours will have access to an Australian-first radiation therapy that could kill their cancer and extend their lives.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is providing the targeted radiation therapy to patients with small secondary tumours that threaten to spread further or inoperable primary cancers in sensitive spots.

The patient is wrapped in plastic and targeted stereotactic beams attack the tumour.

A four-dimensional CT scanner tracks the tumour’s position to ensure accuracy and limit damage to other tissues.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiation Therapy allows patients to receive high doses of therapy instead of long-term low doses.

Radiation oncologist Dr Shankar Siva said it would allow them to treat patients with the intention of curing them…Read more



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